May 8, 2004
PROVO, Utah - The New Mexico baseball team fell to BYU, 7-4, in the series finale Saturday afternoon at Larry Miller Park. BYU took two of three games to win the series, however, the Lobos (19-25-1, 15-9 Mountain West) won the season series against the Cougars, 4-2.
BYU (21-26, 11-10 MWC) led the entire game and built a 5-1 lead after three innings. Shortstop Brandon Taylor, who drove in six runs in Friday's game, hit his first homer of the afternoon in the first inning, a two-run shot. Kevin Bills delivered a two-run homer in the third and Taylor collected another RBI in the same frame to make it 5-1. Joe Salas hit his team-leading ninth homer of the season in the second.
Josh Mader brought in a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, but the Cougars came right back with solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up 7-2. Taylor blasted his second long ball of the game in the fifth. For the game, he went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI.
Garrick Haymore nailed a two-run homer in the eighth, his third of the year, to make it 7-4. The Lobos couldn't manage another run, however, as Paul Jacinto closed the books on UNM with a perfect ninth.
Cooper Eddy (4-3) gave up seven runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings in the loss. Bryce Searle (1-1) allowed one run in four innings to earn the win for BYU.
New Mexico returns to action with a three-game series vs. Air Force next weekend (May 14-16) at Isotopes Park. Friday and Saturday's game will start at 7 p.m., while Sunday's game will start at 12 p.m.